A dubious phone call came in the other day; I ignored it on the basis of sheer dubiousness. (“Dubiosity”?) Someone a little more enterprising than I picked it up:
I didn’t answer but this comes up online as the FAX number for Atlantic monthly. We did get a another call a few days ago, claiming to be the billing dept. for Atlantic Monthly. I told her I did not buy this magazine (although I did have a subscription several years ago). She tried to get my credit card info but hung up on me when I insisted I did not purchase this magazine. Now, I get this call that shows up as a telephone number for Atlantic Monthly on the caller ID, but in reality, is a FAX number for that Magazine company…strange. I think this is a scam, posing as the magazine and somehow, they were able to show the FAX number on the caller ID.
The Atlantic informs me that it is indeed a scam:
[I]t has come to our attention that some of our subscribers have received phone calls from people posing as staff members of The Atlantic seeking subscribers’ billing information.
These individuals are not employed by The Atlantic and were not authorized to call subscribers on the magazine’s behalf. The Atlantic does not request subscribers’ billing information over the phone. If you receive such a phone call, please use ordinary caution and do not provide financial information in response.
We take financial security very seriously and do not have reason to believe any sensitive personal information has been exposed. If you suspect that you have received a fraudulent telephone call or subscription notice regarding The Atlantic subscription, please [email link] report the incident and confirm your subscription status with Subscriber Services.
Caller ID indeed says “Atlantic Media.” Yet another spoofer. And we’re going to keep seeing these until some of these people are actually dumped into the ocean. (Which ocean, I don’t care, as long as they’re a hell of a long way offshore.)